March 22, 2004
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - For the second straight day the UC Santa Barbara baseball team received a strong starting pitching performance and got home runs from Chris Malec and Bill Rowe to roll by Cornell 12-6 in game two of this week's five-game series on Monday afternoon. Right-handed sophomore hurler Steve Morlock (3-4) gave the Gauchos their longest outing from a starting pitcher all year as he tossed an impressive eight innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits while striking out six to earn his third victory of the year.
UCSB improves to 13-10 with the win as the Big Red falls to 3-5.
Rowe hit his fourth home run of the year in the Gaucho sixth before Malec stepped up an inning later and roped his second round-tripper of the season. The duo also went yard in yesterday's 12-1 Gaucho win.
UCSB scored once in the first when Malec and first baseman Greg Powers pulled of a double steal, with Malec taking second and Powers scoring from third. Then in the second, the Gauchos blew the game open with a six-spot. Highlighted by an RBI single from catcher Matt Kalafatis, an RBI groundout from designated hitter Taylor Vogt and a two-RBI single off the bat of right-fielder Matt Wilkerson, UCSB took a 7-0 lead into the third.
Cornell put up a run in the third on Seth Gordon's RBI fielder's choice, but Santa Barbara responded with two more in their half of the inning. After shortstop Chris Valaika singled and later scored on an error by Big Red first baseman William Pauly, Powers plated senior third baseman Nate Sutton with an RBI single.
Cornell managed to take advantage of two hits and two Gaucho errors to put two runs up in the fourth, but Morlock limited the Big Red to a scattered five hits after the fourth.
Despite out-hitting the Gauchos 12-10 on Monday, Cornell has been outscored 24-7 in the first two games this week.
Offensively for the Gauchos, Sutton finished 1-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI. He also stole three bases, bring his team-high total to 15. Malec finished 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, including the homerun. The performance marked his team-leading ninth multi-hit and seventh-multi RBI game this season. Rowe finished 2-for-4.
Despite surrendering a run on three hits, southpaw Ivan Ramirez made his team-leading 14th appearance recording the final three outs in the ninth.
Cornell starter Luke Staskall (0-1) suffered the defeat after lasting just 1.2 innings and allowing seven runs on four hits. He walked four. Blake Hamilton and Tad Bardenwerper combined to pitch the game's final 6.1 innings for Cornell.
Cornell will travel to San Luis Obispo on Tuesday and Wednesday to take on Cal Poly before returning for three more games against the Gauchos on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.